I hope you had a good half term and got to get out and enjoy the weather! Phonics screening will take the week beginning 10th June so please do take the time to flashcard sounds and do a few of the little activities in their booklets that gave at the start of the holidays. These activities will give them a change to cement their understanding, increase their confidence and get to show off just how clever they are to you.
For the second half half of the summer term our topic is Are Bugs Beastly?
We will have class pets, study lifecycles and learn all about the importance of the bee. We are hoping to visit Anton Lakes to go bug hunting but will also be making use of the fabulous resources here in school such as our pond, sensory garden and our (under construction}) outside learning classroom.
Alongside our Friday PE session, we will also be practicing mindfulness and yoga throughout the week so please ensure your child has a PE kit in school all week. If you are struggling with buying the correct uniform please provide a plain white t-shirt and plain black shorts. More information about the areas of learning we will be covering can be found on the topic map which will go home with your child within the first week back.
Please remember to read with your child as much as possible- a minimum of five times per week. It needs only to be a few pages from their school book, a home book or even from their Bookbug account. Children should also be completing a maths challenge which could be discussing the time to o'clock, counting in 2s,5s or 10s or even just playing a board game using dice. Please briefly record both of these tasks in your reading diary and on your maths cards. Additional homework will be set on a Thursday and will be due in on the following Tuesday at the latest. Spellings will be given on Friday for the following Friday - you could use your cursive handwriting sheets to work on both spellings and handwriting at the same time.
Please feel free to contact me if required. Mornings are quite hectic but I am available most days after school for a quick chat.
Phonics is of great importance in Year 1. We build on the phase 3 and 4 sounds taught in Year R, learning phase 5 and learning to blend with fluency. The children will be able to read both real words and made up words, adding sound buttons to identify the different sounds in the words. I cant recommend watching Mr Thorne Does Phonics on YouTube highly enough and for a fun, interactive website then I would suggest PhonicsPlay.
Mr Thorne- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqh11DN6jmbC-OTx1N8jpEo6uCTeTDszR
Please see examples of sound buttons alongside the different phase sounds mats below: